【Book Launch Event】HK Comics Support Programme Book Series

Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, G/F–4/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2022.11.14 - 2022.12.11
Time: 09:00–23:00  
Price: Free admission 

Co-presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base), Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation
Sponsor of HK Comics Support Programme: Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


【 Book Launch Event 】HK Comics Support Programme Book Series
Fifteen Fantasies Comics Exhibition | Live Drawing Marathon | Artist Talks

A collection of 15 Hong Kong comic books tells stories.
Talents join hands together to start a new chapter in local comics creation!


In this year’s Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong, 15 local start-ups participating in the HK Comics Support Programme simultaneously launched their original mid/full-length comic books. Created with tremendous spirit by professional comics artists, these books are in diverse styles and genres: science fiction, action, horror, astronomy, romance and so on. These works have won rave reviews from comics enthusiasts.

Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) collaborates with Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation in holding a series of events, namely Fifteen Fantasies Comics Exhibition, Live Drawing Marathon and Artist Talks, which give participant a full picture of each of these 15 comic books and take them on an imaginative voyage through a world of graphics and words being intertwined.

The 15 comic books are now available for sale at HKAC Art Shop and online shop. Overseas orders are welcomed!



 Fifteen Fantasies Comics Exhibition 

Date:
14.11 - 11.12.2022

Time: 09:00 - 23:00
Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, G/F–4/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Free admission

The exhibition features comics drawings selected from each of the 15 comic books published under HK Comics Support Programme for the very first time, together with a display of drafts, notes and reference materials from the comics artists and their production teams. Digging deep into these comics artists’ creative mindsets and power of creativity, the show goes through stages from conception to completion and unravels the essence of every great story. It is also an opportunity to showcase creativity of local comics units.


 Opening Reception 

Date: 19.11.2022 (Sat)

Time: 14:00-15:00
Venue: 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre 


 Live Drawing Marathon 


Date:
19.11.2022 (Sat)
Time: 15:00-18:30
Venue: 4/F Lobby and Eric Hotung Studio, LB/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Quota: 30 persons per session (registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis)
Free admission

Some comic books are solely completed by individual comics artist, while some are joint efforts of respective chief artists and production teams with members responsible for scene development, characters, colouring, colour separation, etc. Everyone in the team has his or her own role to play.

The 13 participating chief artists (or coupled with their team members) will demonstrate the hand or digital drawing process of an individual frame in their comic books published under HK Comics Support Programme. Audience can know more about the steps of comics creation, techniques of different artists and relationship between graphics and narrative flow. In addition, audience can take a closer look at how comics artists illustrate their comic stories through the graphics stroke by stroke.

 

Venue: 4/F Lobby, 
Hong Kong Arts Centre

Venue: Eric Hotung Studio, LB/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Comics artist: Mimi SZETO
Time: 15:00-15:30

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Comics artist: Linus LIU
Time: 15:00-15:30

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Comics artist: Andy SETO
Time: 15:30-16:00

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Comics artist: Mimi TSOI
Time: 15:30-16:00

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Comics artist: Pen SO
Time: 16:00-16:30

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Comics artists: Alice MA, NEKORI
Time: 16:00-16:30

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Comics artist: Man TSANG
Time: 16:30-17:00

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Comics artist: Jerry CHO and drawing assistant
Time: 16:30-17:00

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Comics artist: Stella SO
Time: 17:00-17:30

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Comics artist: Chi-kit KEUNG and drawing assistant
Time: 17:00-17:30

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Comics artist: Kuma CHAN
Time: 17:30-18:00

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Comics artist: WAH KEE
Time: 17:30-18:00

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Comics artist: Sam TSE
Time: 18:00-18:30

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*Registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.


 Artist Talks 

 

Date: 03.12.2022 (Sat)
Time: 14:30-16:00; 16:30-18:00
Venue: Eric Hotung Studio, LB/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Quota: 40 persons per session (registration will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis)
Conducted in Cantonese
Free admission

 

Two sessions of the talks will invite several comics artists to share their interesting experience in comics creations and personal insights into different topics. Comics artists, readers and comics fans will have an interactive discussion and gain an in-depth understanding of the meaning of each comic.

 

Talk 1: Retain the fading feelings with comics!
Time: 14:30-16:00

Speakers: Linus LIU, Pen SO, Stella SO
Moderator: Lawman LAW


Related comics: Cat Mask Boy, See You In Memories, The Stories At The Foot of Victoria Peak

Retain the fading feelings with comics! Born in Hong Kong, live in Hong Kong. For creators who regard Hong Kong as homeland, the people and things of this place are certainly their sources of creative inspiration. Traces of the old Hong Kong, local unique culture, streetscape and landscape, life of the people – these all can compose a warming story.

Because of such great sentimental attachment to this city, comics artists draw about Hong Kong to preserve this place. Stories with familiar people, scenes and objects touch everyone in this city.

This talk invites Linus Liu, Pen So, and Stella So to talk about Hong Kong and us in different time and space.

 

Talk 2: What is the boundary between human and non-human? 
Time: 16:30-18:00

Speakers: Kuma CHAN, Sam TSE
Moderator: Lawman LAW

 

Related comics: Crash, The Last Soul – Overland 1

The world of science fiction exists everything – a world that is beyond reality, time and life. Science fiction gives a sense of vastness, dreaminess and mystery that always leaves us with infinite room for reverie.

We easily associate science fiction with ‘non-human characters’, like robots, aliens from outer space, walking dead and so on. Is the unknown otherness just a figment of the imagination, or is it created based on the dark side of our human nature?

Imaginative sci-fi comics might be the reflection of reality and the exploration of future. In a certain extent, sci-fi comics are the utopias created by comics artists – a way to escape reality for a moment, open up imagination and lead to the unknown. It is a gateway to a realm all readers longing for.

This talk invites comics artists Kuma Chan and Sam Tse to unravel their regards for story settings about robots and the undead, exploring their works from another perspective.


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The 15 comic books are now available for sale at HKAC Art Shop and online shop!

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 Kuma CHAN 
Crash 

fb  UucleKUMAHITO | dokumanhk      ig  @dokumanhk

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 Jerry CHO 
Naraka Warrior 

fb  JerryChoWorkshopLimited | jerrychochiho      ig  @jerrycho_chiho
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 Chi-kit KEUNG 
PANDOLA 

fb  Mr.K.Samba | PANDOLA.comic     ig  @mr.k_comic

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 Chi-kit KWONG 
The Architect’s Epiphany 

fb  chikitkwong | thearchitectseiphany     ig  @townbuilding_man

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 Chivas LEUNG 
NiGHT NiGHT 

 ig  @bestbeforethisdate 
Website: https://nightnight.world/ 

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 Linus LIU 
Cat Mask Boy 

fb  linusliukc | 貓面具少年    ig  @linusliukc | @catmaskboy

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 Alice MA 
CMS Astronomical Research Team #1 The Mysterious Stone Pillar at Observatory 

fb kuronsiro | cmsmanga     ig  @waiting.alice | @cmsmanga

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 Andy SETO 
Cyber Phoenix 

fb  andyseto2015     ig  @andysetokk

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 Pen SO 
See You In Memories 

fb  pensocase     ig  @penso

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 Mimi SZETO 
A Little Step 1 

fb  mimiszeto852     ig  @szetomimi

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 Stella SO 
The Stories At The Foot of Victoria Peak 

fb  stellasomanyee     ig  stellasoart

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 Man TSANG 
The Zeros 

fb  ManTsang.ink | the.zeros.0s     ig  @mantsang.ink | @the.zeros.0

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 Sam TSE 
The Last Soul – Overland 

fb  tsesam2     ig  @samtse_2013

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 Mimi TSOI 
The Land of MingYi – MingYi Yu Fei 

fb  mimitsoihk | MingYiComic     ig  @mimitsoi_hk | @mingyicomic

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 WAH KEE 
My Soul Mate 

fb  mysoulmatecomic     ig  @wahkeeart 
Website: mysoulmatecomic.com

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About Hong Kong Arts Centre 

Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All

Since 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all. The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established over four decades ago, HKAC endeavours to bring arts to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Other areas cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects, all with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.

In 2000, HKAC founded its education arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public.

HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts - as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.

HKAC will continue its 45th anniversary celebrations into 2023. Let’s continue to embrace ‘Arts for Passion, Arts for Life, Arts for All’, and share the inspiration.

Official website: hkac.org.hk | Facebook: Hong Kong Arts Centre | Instagram: @hongkongartscentre


About Comix Home Base

Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) believes that comics and animation are important local pop culture and artistic creations. HKAC has been dedicated to planning and organising diverse and unique activities to promote the arts and culture of comics and animation to the local community and abroad.

Since 2006, HKAC curated Comix Home Base project (CHB), hosted over 700 ani-com-related events, such as exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, publications, screenings, public arts, etc. Outside Hong Kong, the footprints of Hong Kong comics can be found overseas in France, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, etc. Through the uniquely planned programmes, several Hong Kong comics artists have got chances to initiate international collaborations in publishing their comics in foreign languages in Europe. These all made an impact on the international comics scene and help to raise the profile of Hong Kong comics internationally.

HKAC (CHB) continues to proactively look for opportunities to promote Hong Kong's diverse comics and animation arts, with the aim of increasing international recognition and awareness of Hong Kong’s comics artists and their unique works.

Official website: www.comixhomebase.com.hk | Facebook: hkacchb | Instagram: @comixhomebase


About Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation

Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation Limited was founded in 1999, with the aims to:

  1. Unite comics and animation industry, promotion of comics and animation culture;
  2. Strengthen the positive awareness of the community members on comics and animation;
  3. Link around the world comics and animation industry;
  4. Nurture local comics and animation talent.
Official website: www.hkcaf.hk | Facebook: Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation



About HK Comics Support Programme

HK Comics Support Programme (HKCSP) is organised by the Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation (HKCAF) and is supported by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the lead sponsor. HKCSP supports 15 selected local comics start-ups through a series of activities, including training and guidance from industry experts, as well as a maximum subsidy of HK$210,000 for each of the selected comics start-up to produce their own brand-new original comics (subsidised comics).

A series of promotional activities have also been conducted, including the exhibition of the selected comics start-ups and their subsidised comics at the Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong (ACGHK) 2022 which was held in July and the Comic Fiesta 2022 in Malaysia which will be organised in December, to maximise the exposure of these start-ups and their subsidised comics in the local and overseas markets, with a view to helping them explore more business opportunities.

While HKCSP has been continuing with the promotional activities, the organiser will launch the 2nd edition in which 15 local comics start-ups will be selected by the judges with the list to be announced by end of 2022.  The 15 brand-new subsidised comics are expected to be launched at ACGHK 2023.

 

Disclaimer of HK Comics Support Programme: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project  only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organisers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.


To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the presenter has implemented the following precautionary measures:-

  • Self-taking body temperature checks are implemented at the main entrance of the venue, visitors are required to check their body temperature before entering. Presenter reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons who refuse to check their body temperature, or whose body temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius (as indicated by the temperature detector used by the presenter) or to those who have significant respiratory infections into the venue;
  • Visitors are required to clean their hands with hand sanitizer prepared by themselves or provided by the presenter before admission;
  • Visitors are required to wear their own mask inside the venue;
  • Visitors are required to follow the venue instructions during the exhibition, maintain 1.5m social distance and avoid gathering more than 12 people.

The presenter will review the situation and adjust the measures if necessary. We appreciate your understanding.
The presenter reserves the rights of final decision on the arrangement.

 
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